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Myssiing Happenings


Hi all! Quick update on what’s going on the next week:

1. I wrote an article on the psychology of gaming behavior, and so far I’ve gotten a really positive response on it. You can read it here.

2. This weekend I am participating in Operation Supply Drop’s 8-bit Salute. You can watch me stream on Twitch, and consider donating here.

3. Mike is going to be absent on the show tomorrow, but I’ll be there with bells on! Catch the show Sat at 11am on the Guru Show website!

4. I’ll be writing more articles for Guru Show, and I’ve been keeping my Twitter pretty active with gaming and tech news.

5. Come check me out on! It’s a great social site for gamers, and I’d love to connect with you on there.

Welp, that’s it for now. I’ll check in again with another update or review. Cheers!


Review: ‘Battle Odyssey’ (Win Phone)

(NOTE: In order to get some feelings about this game off of my chest, I have decided to write this review in the form of a letter.)

Dear Gameloft,

I am very happy and excited that you have chosen to distribute some of your games onto the Windows Phone. As you may know, our choices are slightly more limited than that of Android or iOS users, and for that, I am appreciative.

So, I downloaded one of your games called ‘Battle Odyssey’, which is a fantastic little puzzle RPG. The graphics are great, the music is awesome, and the gameplay is simple to play with, yet challenging to master. Even the storyline is fun, which is really hard to do for a puzzle game.

There’s just one little issue. Just something minor that happens. The game shuts off.

Let me just say this: There is nothing more frustrating that trying to enter an event, such as the dailies or pvp, and have the game crash on you.

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Lots of games, changes, frustration, and giddyness


Ok, so it’s been awhile since I’ve written a review. So before I get into any of that, I’m posting a short update on what’s been going on in Myssiing’s World:

First off, I will be moving from the state of Arizona to go live in California! It’s a big change, that has had a lot of complication thrown in with it, but on the whole it should work out for the best.

Secondly, I have become an ambassador for, which is a social website dedicated to gamers of all types. Think of it as a Facebook/Twitter/Twitch mashup. You can check out my profile here, and hopefully you’ll join me. I fell in love with it when I first started using it, and I hope you do too. It’s a good replacement for some of the other social media sites I use (and there’s quite a few), and I’ve found some really cool people to talk gaming with.

Third, I FINALLY got a new video card for my computer, which has opened up a whole world of new games for me to play. If you have any suggestions, feel free to let me know, because I’ve fallen way behind on my computer games. That being said, there are already a slew of games that I’ve been re-playing or trying out for the first time, so expect some reviews on them shortly.

I promised I’d keep it brief, so that’s pretty much the gist of what’s up. Expect more on here as I gradually shift towards making this more of a full-time thing. Join me on social media, hit me up on my Twitch channel (after 8pm MST), or leave me a comment. I love to talk with people about games and other things as well.

May the Fourth be with you!


I don’t normally get political…

I’m not one to talk politics often. It’s not my forte, I don’t like arguing, and I’m not keen on defending an opinion based on very little knowledge of a subject. However, the latest news that has come out of the “Sony Hack Attack” has got me scratching my brain a bit.

Sony ended up cancelling ‘The Interview’. Next, Paramount pulled ‘Team America’ from theaters that were going to show the puppet film in place of the Rogen/Franco debacle. Then I saw an article where they’re cancelling an upcoming Steve Carrell movie that also features North Korea.

Meanwhile, there is a game that I’ve been interested in for awhile now, and it still seems to be progressing towards release. It’s called “Glorious Leader” (found here), and its main protagonist is Kim Jong Un wielding a gun against the capitalist pigs of the American military, with Dennis Rodman as his right hand man. Yes, I just wrote that sentence.

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Internet Slowdown Day



Trying out the Nyko Playpad

So, I checked out the Nyko Playpad that I received at E3 this year, and wrote up a review for AZ Computer Guru. I liked it alright, but I really don’t see the purpose of using it. It’s much easier to just use the touchscreen controls. So, click the link, and check out the review. ^.^




I quit… but years later, I still talk about ‘World of Warcraft’

World of Warcraft is known as the quintessential multiplayer online game… at least it was in its heydey. The folks at Blizzard knew how to make a stunning and thought provoking game, while encouraging teamwork and imagination. It was full of life, along with victories and letdowns came relationships with fellow players and an open world that you could literally spend hours just looking at. But somewhere along the line, it started to falter.

My friends and family like to say, “And on that day, the Lich King died, and World of Warcraft died with him.” There are arguments on whether it’s the fault of the developers for spending so much time on one IP for so long, or Activision and it’s money-mongering ways of trying to appeal to too many demographics (hardcore vs casual). Some place blame on Free-to-Play games saturating the market, while others still uphold the belief that World of Warcraft is the best game out there.

But whether you’re looking for someone to blame, or you think WoW is still alive and well, one thing is agreed upon by everyone I’ve talked to about it. Something changed with the dynamics of the game near the end of the ‘Wrath of the Lich King’ expansion.

WoW didn’t have the same feel anymore. Dungeons that had previously been a major challenge and accomplishment to beat were being nerfed into the ground. More and more “daily quests” were being added for people who didn’t have more than a few minutes to play. Stats were being blown to ludicrous numbers, and epic gear started to lose that “I have to have that” look.

I played up until right after ‘Mists of Pandaria’. At that point, the game just felt like a grind-fest to me, and I no longer enjoyed playing. Back in the days of Vanilla and Burning Crusade, I could play all by my lonesome and still have fun. Near the end of my WoW existence, I would really only log in to chat with my guild mates for a few, before calling it and getting on some other game.

So, where do I place the blame? Honestly, I place the blame on the gamers themselves. So much bitching and complaining about game mechanics, or that something was too hard. That they couldn’t find people to run instances with, or that there weren’t enough things to do in only ten minutes. Even gamers like me, who once enjoyed the game, but soon came to find that they were no longer having fun, but still paid the monthly fee for some reason or another.

You can only feasibly be a great game for one type of player at a time. “Candy Crush” wasn’t made for hardcore gamers that like to sit and waste 5 hours on a game, and they’re not going to change their gameplay to get those gamers to play. But WoW did change. They went from an epic storyline with well developed and nigh impossible end bosses to having pet battles and more quests that you can finish in five minutes than you can shake a stick at.

Blizzard did not keep WoW what it was. And that is the fault of the gamers.

Why do I even bring this up? Well, honestly it’s because I still have conversations about it. The fond memories that we had as guild-mates. The screw-ups, the small victories, the big wins, and the major losses. The many political dramas within the guild that resulted in /gkicks or “soandso has left the guild” messages. The times we couldn’t find our pants in our backpack in the middle of a boss fight, so we didn’t wear any. Fun excursions onto other servers to cause chaos on the other faction. The many holidays spent chasing after some crazy trinket good for one use. Funny or lewd things that would come out of some people’s mouths in the heat of battle. All of this stuff that happened and brought us closer together, not only as an online guild, but also people. And almost NONE of it happened after Cataclysm.

During talk of all these memories, I start to think, “What happened? What changed to make such a drastic difference?” And the answer is simple. We did.

End of the week E3 2014 Wrap Up



XBox promised that, “This year, it’s all about the games!” and they delivered…  so did everyone else. Last year was all about the console wars, which entertains the hardcore fanboys, but doesn’t do much more than irritate those who love all consoles, PCs, and mobile platforms, and focus on what the games themselves have to offer. This year was PHENOMENAL. Not only was my faith in developers creating good games restored, but I also felt something I hadn’t in a long time.

Excitement for the future. I felt like a kid again, and I was actually EXCITED about what’s to come. In no particular order, here are my top 5 games of E3 2014:


Battlefield Hardline

Sunset Overdrive

World of Warships

Borderlands: The Pre Sequel

However, there were SO MANY really good games to choose from at E3, and I think everyone who plays games will be happy. Mobile games like Heroes XIII, MMOs like Black Gold and Age of Wushu, battle games like Nosgoth, fun simulators like Sims 4, cute games like Harvest Moon, deep games like Destiny. The list goes on, and on, and on.

I’d like to share with you my Imgur albums (Camera pics, Phone Pics, Media Briefings) and also invite you to check out the guys at Senshudo TV and Nerd Junkies, to get more information on upcoming games. For some fantastic pictures of what happened at the show, you can go directly to the E3 2014 website.


E3 – Part 2



Today was media briefing day. I attended both XBox and EA’s media events. Yet again, both were very well done. (Here are some highlights.)

Last year, XBox gave us tags. This year, we received bracelets that lit up during the show. It was beautifully coordinated with what was on screen, as well as the music that was playing. After the hub-bub, we were awarded with Sunset Overdrive shirts. Awesome, right?

Well, EA did one better. The stadium seating that was at the Shrine last year was long gone, and in its place were plenty of tables adorned with boxes of donuts for everyone to have. Waitresses handed out soda to all the attendees, and it had more of a feel of a gathering rather than being crammed into an auditorium. (I was on Spike TV for like a second, at the 38:35 mark at this link.)

After all is said and done, the games that stand out in my mind are Sunset Overdrive, Dragonage: Inquisition, Evolve, Project Spark (with Conker!!!), Mirror’s Edge, and Sims 4. There were quite a few others that grabbed my attention, but I can’t remember all the names. (Currently, I have a migraine, but I took two Aleve, so we’re gtg.)

I also ran over to the convention center and picked up my badge for tomorrow.

First thing on my schedule is checking out Ownphones, which 3D prints customized ear buds. Then I’ll be hanging with 2K games for a couple of hours. Later in the evening, I’ll be attending Bethesda’s E3 party.

I also was able to acquire tickets to Video Games Live on Wednesday. So there’s that.

Stay tuned for more updates! ^.^

LOTS of changes, lately. Here’s why.

Ok, so I know I’ve been REALLY lax on the writing.

Here’s the scoop:

I’ve been busy lately, so I haven’t been able to write as much, let alone actually play any real video games.

On the flip side of that, I now have a new position the Computer Guru Radio Show ( So, I have a new platform with which to speak about video games. Yay!

Anyway, I wrote this opinion piece today on WHY I like radio so much. So, please, read it and distribute it to your friends. It’ll help out a lot. And, if you get the chance, peruse the site and check us out on Saturdays at 11am (PST). You can listen live through the Guru Show site, so you don’t have to be local to listen.

I’m also attending E3 again this year! Yay! More on that later.

Thanks so much, everyone! I totally appreciate the support.

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